A quick programming note.

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Saul in the newsroom. Not our newsroom.

As of today, Jason Islas is taking a leave of absence from Santa Monica Next. Jason is leaving to work on one of the campaigns this fall. After over two years of writing, editing and representing Next, Jason’s absence will certainly be noticed. However, we remain hopeful that his career path will lead his by-line back to our pages.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed that while Jason is leaving, a familiar by-line is returning to Santa Monica Next. Saul Rubin will be contributing articles to Next over the next couple of months, delivering hard news coverage a couple of times every week.

Saul is a professional journalist, travel author and media professor who has worked in Santa Monica for a quarter of a century. Saul was a reporter for the Santa Monica Outlook before helping to found the Santa Monica Lookout. He is currently the senior journalism professor at Santa Monica College where he teaches introductory news writing and multimedia story production. He is also the advisor to the student media operation, The Corsair.

Saul’s work will be supplemented by my own reporting, guest contributors, and contributions from our Steering Committee. I’ll also be overseeing our Vote Local campaign for this election cycle.

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